Saturday, November 15, 2014
Operation "November Blitz" Combats Heroin Moving into Campbell County
NEWPORT, Ky. - A major crackdown is under way to curb the flow of heroin into and through Campbell County.
Officers from 14 departments joined forces in Operation November Blitz on I-471 Friday.
The Dayton police chief says they're spreading the message: "Don't bring it here because you're going to get caught," said Scott O'Brien, who coordinated the operation.
Thirty-eight cars patrolled the highway, making traffic stops and looking for drugs.
It didn't take long to find them.
"Within 20 minutes, some cars had already made a stop and were making a heroin arrest. Within 20 minutes," O'Brien said.
Campbell County's police chiefs decided to band together to combat a common problem.
"We decided that we were going to take the steps necessary to put a dent in this any way we can," said Alexandria chief Mike Ward.
"It makes no difference what city we're in," O'Brien said. "We're trying to help each other."
Campbell County police officer Mark Wilke got quite a surprise when he stopped a wanted vehicle on the AA Highway near Poplar Ridge Road.
It was filled with items believed stolen from burglaries in Boone and Kenton counties.
"I think we had about 10 guns, a lot of jewelry, cell phones, safes that were recovered," said Campbell County Sgt. David Halfhill.
Many other stops resulted in arrests of the driver and passengers. Several vehicles were towed away as evidence.
Ward monitored the southern end of the county from the Campbell County police department.
"Anything we can do to save one life, that's what we're trying to do," Ward said.
Every stop stemmed from drivers not obeying traffic laws when they were behind the wheel.
"We're not out there just stopping people because they look funny," Ward said. "We're out there actually doing probable cause traffic stops and then we're taking it to the next level."
"Once the car is actually stopped, these officers have been trained in how to do roadside interviews and in the course of interviewing, they can find whether somebody is telling the truth about what they're doing," O'Brien said.
If not, vehicles were searched for contraband.
Police believe a lot of heroin comes into Campbell County from Cincinnati across the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge.
They're determined to stop it, and Operation November Blitz is just the beginning.